“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”
1- Why wait? Life is short. If you wait for someone to travel with, you might still be waiting. I took the picture above on the morning I saw the sunrise on Machu Picchu. Seeing Machu Picchu had long been a dream of mine, and I planned a solo trip to Peru to see it. I’m so glad I did. The day finally came that I was in Aguas Calientes, the little town below Machu Pichhu. I spent the night there, and in the morning, at 4:30 am, I took the bus to the top of Machu Picchu. As I waited to board the bus, I was so excited that I was finally going to see this dream of mine, that my eyes welled up with tears. When I got there, it was so early that the place was almost completely empty. I sat and watched the sunrise, and spent some time alone, sitting and soaking it in, with a clear and spectacular view. If I had waited for someone to go with, I would still not have reached an important goal of mine.
2- You know what? You will never actually be alone. You may travel to the country alone, but once you reach your first hostel, you will begin meeting people, as long as you remain open and friendly. Even if you are an introvert or a shy person, it is still easy to meet people. I know this, because I am also an introvert. When you are traveling, it is almost guaranteed that people will respond happily. These are not people living busy, harried lives at the moment. These are all people who are looking to explore, adventure and have new experiences. You will connect easily with people, and can find one or multiple people to travel with to different destinations. There are other solo travelers all over the place.
3 – You are in charge. You get to decide where to go and what to do and when you want to. This is an important experience, especially if you are on a path of getting to know yourself. Traveling solo will help you get in touch with your own wants and desires, and with the fact the you have the ability to manifest them! With no one to depend on but yourself, you will soon tap into what a strong and powerful person you are, and to discover what draws you, makes you happy and makes you come alive. There is only one way to find out to find out these things, on a deep level, and that is through spending time alone.